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Browns President Mike Holmgren: Pat Shurmur 'absolutely' will be team's head coach next season

By Nate Ulrich Published: December 14, 2011
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur on the sideline of the NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelerson Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

President Mike Holmgren said Pat Shurmur will "absolutely" be the head coach of the Browns next season.


"We have a very, very competent head coach who will be here for a long time," Holmgren said today during a news conference. ... "He's a good man, and he's gonna be the coach around here for a long time."

Through 13 games of his first season as a head coach on any level, Shurmur has guided the Browns to a record of 4-9.

"If you just look at our games this season, if we did two things better, we'd have a chance I think to be 7-6," Holmgren said. "And people would be feeling a little better about themselves. I know the coaches would. If we'd just been able to snap the damn ball and catch a few more passes. We've dropped too many passes, and we had trouble with snapping the ball. You just do those two things a little bit better and maybe people get off that 'same old, same old' thing."

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